Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Professor Brian Littlechild lends his experience in the field of mentalhealth to new development group

Professor Brian Littlechild has been appointed to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Royal College of Psychiatrists Guidelines Development Group on ‘Violence and aggression: the short-term management of violent and physically threatening behaviour in health settings guidance’.

The development group will produce a report in 2015, updating the current NICE (2005) guidance (http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/live/10964/29719/29719.pdf) which consists of recommendations and good practice.

Brian has carried out many research projects throughout his career, and has published widely in the areas of violence in mental heath work and child protection work as well as the risk assessment of aggression and violence. He also manages research and development projects on mental health issues in partnership with mental agencies/professionals and service users, including work on EU and DH Benefits for Patients programme funded projects.

Previously a social worker in mental health and child protection, Brian was one of the first to start training social workers in dealing with aggressive and violent clients over thirty years ago. He has worked extensively with a wide variety of agencies in policy development, and with their managers and front-line staff on anticipating and dealing with violent situations, and on how to access support before, during and after such violence. He also has provided debriefing for victims and published on working with perpetrators of aggression and violence and continues to work with young offenders and their families.

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